ࡱ> -/, bjbjyy * =====QQQQ ] QaiiiiiDDD=DDDDD==iiD =i=iDia>QN10a111= DDDDDDDDDDaDDDD1DDDDDDDDD : IMPUTED RIGHTEOUSNESS - - Romans 4 A Faith-Deepening Study Gods requirements are impossibly high Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect. (Matt. 5:48) And James 2:10 clarifies that even one broken rule or command makes us as guilty as if we had broken them all. We cannot rely on a pattern of break command/repent, break command/repent and think we are meeting this requirement for heaven! No wonder Romans 3:10 says there is none righteous, no not one. But the Bible DOES tell us how to meet this requirement. In Heb. 10:14 we read: For by one offering He has perfected for ever them that are sanctified. Verse 10 here tells us that we are sanctified by the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all (means set apart to God). How can God say we imperfect people are perfected for ever? It is because of the concept of IMPUTATION. We first have to understand that the Bible talks about two kinds of righteousness. Paul said in Phil. 3:9 that he wanted to be found by God, NOT having his OWN righteousness, based on law-keeping, but a righteousness which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith. He was talking about imputed righteousness. That other kind of righteousness is gained by faith. Romans 4 (King James Version) says Abraham was COUNTED as righteous (verse 3). (Thats not the same as acting righteously). It goes on to say that we get this gift by GRACE (an undeserved favor) and it is not tied to our WORKS (verses 4-5; see also Rom. 11:6). Verses 7-8 show that it involves the forgiveness of sins, and the end of God keeping record of our sins. They are not imputed or written down if you will. THAT means there is nothing on our record to keep us out of heaven! This is a powerful concept, and deepens our faith in the VALUE of the blood that Jesus Christ shed for us on the cross. It helps us understand that when He said It is finished (literally paid in full) it REALLY settles the sin issue for ever! Romans 4: 16 makes reference to the CERTAINTY we have in this promise, and verses 22-25 indicate its for us who believe as well as Abraham. Because of this clean record we receive, we can say as it says in I John 5:13, that we KNOW we HAVE eternal life. Romans 8:1 also tells us there is no condemnation for us as believers who are in Christ. Picture a piece of paper with the words My Record With God written across the top. When I believe in Christ, all those sins listed are erased I have a clean record with God. AND. if I sin after I am thus saved, it says in II Cor. 5:19-21 (as it says in Romans 4:8) that God is no longer imputing or writing down those sins on my record. God instead promises Their sins and iniquities I will remember no more (Heb. 10:17) And because of this gift we are invited to come BOLDLY to Gods throne of grace. (Heb. 10:19) Yes, God does discipline us on EARTH. When we sow sin we will reap for it. But our ETERNAL LIFE is not affected (otherwise it would be temporary life). There is really no other choice than to receive the glorious gift of imputed righteousness (Rom. 5:17) offered by grace. Romans 1:16-17 says this IS the heart of the gospel message and that message is powerful enough to save all who believe it. The gift of imputed righteousness can build a firm foundation for your faith. Believe it! Rejoice in it! 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